TR Register Loire Valley 2022 24th Sep - 1st Oct 2022From £895.00 per person
TR Register Loire Valley 2022
TR Register Loire Valley
24th September – 1st October 2022
With an overnight crossing each way, this 7 night holiday will offer a relaxing 5 night stay in the medieval village of Fontevraud, complete with its own stunning Abbey – the largest surviving monastic complex from the Middle Ages. With over 300 chateaux in this region, it is of course impossible to visit them all, but you will have time to experience some of the most impressive and varied. And with river side bike routes, boat hire, walking routes, vineyards and troglodyte caves to explore, there will be ample opportunity to experience the absolute essence of the Loire Valley.
Saturday 24th September
Check in at the ferry terminal in Portsmouth in time for the 20.30hrs departure to St Malo.
Sunday 25th September
The boat arrives in St Malo at 08.30hrs so you may like to park up opposite the city gate and explore the walled town, or find a little café for breakfast, but make sure you leave plenty of time to visit Vitre with its 13th Century castle. The town had a thriving cloth trade from the 14th century and the wealthy canvas merchants built half-timbered townhouses, many of which line the streets today. Then make your way down into the Loire valley to your base for the next 5 nights, the Hostellerie La Croix Blanche. Built in 1696, this historical building has been sympathetically restored and renovated to create a charming and comfortable place to stay in the heart of this heritage village and valley. Dinner is in the hotel this evening.
Monday 26th September
A scenic river side drive will take you to where it all started 100 million years ago – the petrified caves of ‘tuffeau’, the stone that was used to create some of the most beautiful properties and villages in the region. From there it’s just a short drive to Chateau Villandry, the last great Renaissance chateau to be built in the Loire Valley and home to a magnificent world-famous heritage garden. Even those with little regard for gardening cannot fail to be impressed by this superb spectacle of colour and design. In contrast, nearby Azay le Rideau was one of the first chateau to be built in the Loire Valley and sits on an islet in the River Indre. Two stunning examples of Renaissance architecture and design worthy of a visit. Dinner is in the hotel this evening.
Tuesday 27th September
Today is a free day and the perfect opportunity to visit the Abbaye de Fontevraud, or make a short drive to the beautiful nearby villages of Candes Saint Martin and Montsoreau where you can take a river trip. Whilst we don’t advocate drinking and driving, no visit to the Loire Valley would be complete without a wine tasting – the region being particularly well known for its sparking and rose wine. This evening you are at your leisure for dinner. There are a few small restaurants in the village, or perhaps you would like to experience the haute cuisine of the Abbey. You may also have found a little riverside gem on your travels. Either way, the chateaux and fortresses look spectacular in the evenings, making dining out and an evening stroll a very pleasant end to the day.
Wednesday 28th September
After breakfast take a scenic route to Chenonceau, home to one of the most striking Chateaux known as the ‘castle of the lady’ after the women who protected and restored it over the ages. Dinner is in the hotel this evening.
Thursday 29th September
Today’s road run will take in some of the prettiest villages in France en route to Chedigny, the only ‘village garden’ in France. Dinner is in the hotel this evening.
Friday 30th September
With a full day to make your way up to the port, there are various options. For those of you that have always bypassed Le Mans, there is more to it than the famous 24hrs race. With plenty of restaurants, a beautiful cathedral and the old cobbled streets of the Plantagenet site, this town is well worth a visit. Of course, no visit to Le Mans would be complete without a stop at the fantastic museum at the circuit. Alternatively, some of you may like to head straight up to the Normandy coast and the D-Day beaches for some WW11 history. The D514 will take you all along this stunning coastline from Arromanches to the port, and is easy to do in a day with some stops along the way. But the planned route will take you to the Art Deco town of Bagnoles de L’Orne in time for lunch, before taking a leisurely route through the Suisse Normande region to Caen for the 23.00hrs crossing back to Portsmouth.
Saturday 1st October
Arrive in Portsmouth at 06.30hrs and drive safely home.